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2nd Annual Fall Conference
September 17, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 4:45 pm$75
Child care providers, early childhood educators, early childhood students and parents are encouraged to join us for a day of learning, focused on helping children unlock their potential. Interesting workshops with experts in the field will offer engaging presentations & lead informative discussions. Light breakfast & lunch are provided.
$65 per person before September 2, 2016—$75 per person after
Workshops will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- Teaching Social Skills that Promote Positive Behavior Carol Spartano from Jowonio School, Syracuse, NY has worked as a Special Education teacher for over thirty years. She believes one of the most important goals teachers of young children have is to describe and introduce social skills and social concepts and facilitate children’s use and practice of these skills. She has developed a social skills curriculum and will share her four fold teaching approach.
- Innovation and Provocation: Making Learning Visible via the Reggio Emilia Approach Kathy Burton, Early Childhood Consultant and Chair of the Reggio Study Group of Rochester, will explore the idea of the “Hundred Languages” a Reggio Emilia philosophy that recognizes the multitude of ways children can express their ideas. “The child has a hundred languages a hundred hands a hundred thoughts a hundred ways of thinking of playing, of speaking.” She will present innovative methods to visualize children’s learning via the Reggio Emilia Approach.
- The Image of the Child, Explore the Rights of Children The Reggio Emilia Approach puts the natural development of children, as well as the close relationships they share with their environment, at the center of its philosophy. The foundation of this approach lies in its unique view of the child, where the children have rights and should be given opportunities to develop their potential. Kathy Burton will explore the Image of the Child, the Rights of Children and new ways of observing and listening as you build relationships with children.
- Sensory & Motor Strategies to Support Inclusion Tim Davis has been teaching in the field of adapted Physical Education for over twenty years. He will describe Sensory Integration, Sensory Processing Differences and strategies for supporting all children but especially those with Sensory Processing Differences.
- Understanding & Dealing With Custody Issues Meryl Phipps works as a Legal Assistant at Citizens Concerned for Children, a local non-profit law firm that represents children in Tompkins County Family Court and as a Special Projects Coordinator at the Downtown Ithaca Children’s Center. She will be sharing information about custody and legal issues that arise regarding children in child care settings.
- Identification and Prevention of Child Abuse, Maltreatment & Shaken Baby Syndrome Heather Campbell from the Advocacy Center will share information on ways child care providers and early childhood educators can identify and prevent child abuse, child maltreatment and Shaken Baby Syndrome.
- Brain Development & the Effects of Trauma Nancy Dickerson, LCSW, Cortland, NY will share information about the impact of abuse and neglect on brain development and cognitive abilities. The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study as well as factors that create resiliency will be discussed.
- An Introduction to Peep and the Big Wide World Deborah Fitzgerald, Cub Care Children’s Center, Vestal, NY will help you incorporate high quality STEM activities into your daily routine using the PEEP Science Curriculum and website. These resources offer a variety of hands-on, low-cost activities, as well as short videos introducing concepts, book recommendations and family resources.